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How to protect yourself from dangerous, recalled products

When purchasing any type of product, you assume that it will be completely safe to use in the intended manner. Unfortunately, there are times when defective products slip through the cracks, making their way to consumers. It's important that you know which steps you can take to protect yourself from recalled products.

Remember this: Recalls can impact almost every product imaginable, including food, toys, vehicles, medications and cosmetics, among others.

There are recalls that ban the sale of an item, while others ask the consumer to return the item for a refund, repair or replacement.

Before you buy any product, either new or used, you should check into its past. If the manufacturer has issued a recall, it's best to consider another product for the time being.

There are many websites that keep track of recalls and provide basic information to consumers. Some of the best include:

  • Recalls.gov
  • FDA.gov
  • Safecar.gov
  • SaferProducts.org
  • Foodsafety.gov

It's important that you do your best to avoid contact with a recalled product. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, you may still find yourself buying or using a recalled product.

If a defective product causes an injury or illness, you should first receive immediate medical attention. Once you understand your injuries and the best treatment strategy, you can then learn more about the defective product and how/why you came in contact with it.

Depending on the circumstances, including the type of product and your injury, you may be able to seek compensation. If nothing else, you should take the time to learn more about your legal rights. An attorney can help.

Source: USA.gov, "Protect Yourself from Recalled Products," accessed Aug. 16, 2017

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